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Romantic and peaceful cottage With Pool And Far Reaching Views

Bedrooms 1
Space 828 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in West Meon, Nr. Petersfield, South Downs, Hampshire, England - Peaceful Retreat Yet Close To Many Facilities, 30 Mins Beach, Tennis & Local Village Shop 5 Mins

This cottage, voted No. 1 cool cottage of Hampshire by The Guardian is located in a breathtaking setting and surrounded by rolling countryside. The Stables offer a 5 star private and peaceful retreat on the most southerly point of West Meon. This elegantly refurbished cottage with (shared) pool has its own private access and garden. It is ideally suited for all kinds of activities because of its location. 20 Mins from coast, 20 mins to Winchester, 10 mins to nearest railway, Southampton airport 30 mins away. Country pursuits on the doorstep include fabulous walks, as we are in a National Park, fishing, riding, cycling and golfing, whilst National Trust Houses and historic towns, such as Winchester, are under 30 mins. There are number of good pubs in the area and many fine dining restaurants too. The pool is beautifully heated and has a Roman end with steps for lazy afternoons and reading. It is our intention to make this a really special visit.

Vanessa Wills
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
31 July, 2018

About Vanessa Wills

I love living in Hampshire because of its peace and tranquility and have also enjoyed working in the city 12 years before starting a family. Now that the children are at university, I have set up a small business in property development and planning consultancy and enjoy designing buildings and their interiors. My husband and I have traveled a little and have stayed in some guests houses, some of which have been just fabulous. My aim is to create a special experience for my guests and offer a unique opportunity to enjoy our gorgeous countryside and stunning views in a luxurious style and comfort where they feel genuinely pampered.

Vanessa Wills purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Vanessa Wills chose Petersfield

Having enjoyed London and all it offers, it seemed fitting to move to the country when we had small children. The house we chose is in a fine location, set up high on the hills where glorious views can be enjoyed. The Stables are part of our property and has its own private drive and access, private garden and terrace and is in more elevated position than the house which makes it such a perfect retreat. We invite our guest to make use of the pool which is only yards away and is a floral delight. Converting The Stables, at the end of 2012, has been a fabulous project and real chance to create something unique and cutting edge. Light and space were most important. Here, enjoy the peace and tranquillity with shops, post office, butcher and gastro pub just 5 mins walk away.

What makes this cottage unique

The location of this property together with its fresh design is undoubtedly something, we feel, is special. It has been designed to suit those in wheelchairs (with large doorways and wet rooms) and equally has the romantic feel to it too.

Horses are welcome for those wanting a riding holiday.

Whilst this cottage is nettled in an oasis of peace, there is a plethora a activities to do, just short distances away. Golf, fishing, riding, tennis, swimming, cycling are all here on the doorstep. There are number of National Trust houses within 30 mins. The historic town of Winchester with its shopping and fine dining is only 20 mins. Take a ferry to the Isle of Wight just 30 mins away. Beaches are 35 mins away and there are some gorgeous walks here all around this National Park. This property benefits from all modern conveniences from electric blankets, SKY TV, underfloor heating, tranquility and much more...

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful stay and enjoyed the glorious views. We felt very well looked after.

Christian Lange, Wiltshire Dec 2012.
Jan 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Petersfield in East Hampshire District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 828 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • This state of the art bathroom,finished end 2012, has underfloor heating, two large basins, a walk-in shower, a double ended bath, WC, and 4 windows! This too has a vaulted ceiling with oak beams. Perfect for a romantic couple or those in wheelchairs.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 bedroom) Plus Cot Notes on bedrooms: This romantic large double bedroom has vaulted ceiling, oak beams, and zip-and-link orthopaedic king-size bed can also become 2 twin beds. This room feels light and airy and looks out onto magnificent views reaching for miles.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is all on one level so is suitable for wheelchairs. The property was completely rebuilt in Autumn 2012 and therefore benefits from fresh decoration, good insulation and brand new kitchen and bathroom. Outside: Private access and garden which includes two aspects. First is an acre garden facing south/east and the other is over far reaching views south/west. In the garden are table and chairs, hammock. The heated pool is shared with the owner. The parking, originally a stable yard, is spacious and makes for easy turning. There are several trees to find shade under. Utility Room: The utility is part of the kitchen please refer to kitchen. We also have a slow cooker and food processor. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh white linen and fluffy towels, dressing gowns, pool towels and a cream tea are included. Friday is change over day, with arrivals invited for 3.00pm and departures requested for 10.00am. Evening meals can be arranged for late arrivals (no cost) Other: We have a characterful entrance hall with beautiful slate tiles.


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Romantic and peaceful cottage With Pool And Far Reaching Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 58 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This exquisite cottage is a genuine super-star; it is everything it is advertised to be and much, much more. Luxuriously comfortable and well equipped we wanted for nothing, but it was Vanessa's special touches that were well above and beyond that made The Stables feel like a true home-away-from-home.

Lovely walks from the doorstep--with maps thoughtfully provided--and inspiring views right out the windows. Charming pub with good food (and ale), butcher and village shop only a 10-15 minute walk away. We were lucky enough to have new lambs in the field opposite which was a wonderful bit of bucolic spender. We plan to return as soon as we can. Thank you Vanessa!!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ahhh How spoiling a review is that! Thank you for your kind words and your beautifully written review. I am extremely touched that you have taken the trouble to write and I'm thrilled that you enjoyed your stay so much - it's what we love to hear! We feel blessed to live in this stunning part of the world and, as I write, I can hear the evening birdsong through the study window. We very much look forward to welcoming you here again and we thank you for being such gracious guests. Best wishes Vanessa
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The Stables West Meon

  • 5 of 5

We were given a warm welcome from Vanessa along with warm freshly baked cakes and a cream tea, milk butter and eggs were also freshly supplied. The lodge is warm and very comfortable, and finished to a very high standard. We were amazed at the quantity of supplies provided, the owners have thought of everything. We will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. I'm delighted you liked the tea and would like to return. That's a lovely compliment for us which means a great deal. Best wishes Vanessa
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Truly lovely 😊

  • 5 of 5

We had a very restful week in this lovely property, with all the comforts of home and a cosy peaceful setting.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write this review and we're thrilled that you are looking to return in 2019. A real compliment! We hope to make your next stay as special as the first! Best wishes and thanks. Vanessa
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Wonderful Property with Charming Hosts

  • 5 of 5

There is little I can say that has not already been said by previous guests. All those previous glowing reviews are spot on. The cottage was cozy, comfortable, and luxurious. My absolute favorite room was the bathroom with the incredible view, free-standing tub, and heated floors. I have been spoiled for anything less, including my own home. I hope to return sometime soon in warmer weather so that I can fully use the gorgeous outside areas. The access to hiking along the South Downs Way is terrific and the availability of Wellington boots made slogging through some of the muddier bits painless. Vanessa and Mark were friendly, helpful, and very kind. I am so happy that I got to stay here.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're thrilled that you enjoyed your stay here at The Stables and have awarded us 5 stars in your review. It's a joy to have dream guests who are gracious and we're happy you've been able to enjoy the stunning walks there are in the National Park. We try our best to make each visit individual/memorable and we would be delighted to welcome you here again sometime in the future - summers here are particularly glorious. Thank you your kind notes left in the cottage and on this website as these mean a great deal to us.
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5 ⭐️ Plus

  • 5 of 5

Great location; many walks and good food pubs within short drive . Vanessa’s has thought of everything, well stocked kitchen with loads of extras.... local maps, facilities details , dvds, CDs . The outlook is fantastic we watched a great 🌅? sunset every evening. Look forward to going back

  • Review Submitted: 13-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely stunning.

  • 5 of 5

Like home from home. Vanessa had thought of everything and more, we kept finding little surprises which was such a treat. Even though the weather wasn't brilliant, we still managed to get out and about but it was lovely to come back and cosy up.

Thank you, we definitely intend to book again and will recommend you highly to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review and we would be delighted to see you back here again as we would your friends and family. How kind! Best wishes Vanessa
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Southampton Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Thomas Lord
Nearest Ferry
22 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Corhampton Golf Club
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Thomas Lord
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
West Wittering


The Witterings are our local sandy beaches which are approx 35 mins away.


Southampton airport 30 mins by car

Motorway 20 mins

Winchester 20 mins

Ferry/port 30 mins

London 1 hour train or 1.10 drive


0.3 miles to the local shops or 5 mins walk

Winchester 20 mins, Peterfield 15 mins, Southampton 40 mins


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
25% of the rental cost is payable on booking as deposit, final payment to be made 30 days before commencement of the rental. Friday is change over with arrivals invited for 3.00 pm and departures at 10.00 am. Payments by BACS preferred.

No pets allowed.

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Usually only weekly lets accepted

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.